It was less than two weeks ago that Oakland Athletics starter Dan Straily‘s spot in the pitching rotation seemed in doubt. A few inconsistent outings from the 23-year old made some consider other options for the A’s, such as calling up minor league pitcher Sonny Gray.
On Monday afternoon, however, Straily put together a second straight solid outing, throwing six innings of four-hit, one-run baseball in Oakland’s 4-1 victory over a potent San Francisco Giants lineup. The game followed Straily’s even better performance in Arlington against the Texas Rangers last week when he threw seven shutout innings en route to a 1-0 victory.
Straily burst through the A’s minor league system in 2012, but he failed to really resonate on the big league level once he was called up. He’s been considered one of the team’s brightest pitching prospects so these last two games have really shown a lot of promise. In both, he’s had a masterful sense of command with his fastball, which is key.
At this point, it makes the most sense to more or less consider it Straily’s rotation spot to lose. He’s pitched well enough over the past few weeks to be at least considered the A’s fourth or fifth starter.
With Monday’s win, the A’s moved to 29-23, having won nine of the previous ten games, and a lot of that success has had to do with the starting pitching which has been on an upswing all month.
Straily has been a big part of that, and there’s definitely reason to feel confident in his abilities right now.